Moscow Act 2 - 29th May 2008 @ 12:05 pm «   »

Location: Russia : Moscow Act 2

Our plans for an early/peaceful night sleep never materialised the first night.. the drunk American and British students in the hostel made sure of that.

As we didn’t get a lot of sleep, we slept fairly late yesterday and only left the hostel early afternoon. We went on our own walking tour through the city, visiting a handful of sights and a few reputable Metro stations. The most impressive sight of the day was the Church of Christ the Saviour with its white marble walls and huge golden domes. Moscow is famous for some of the most beautiful underground stations in the world, so we went on a little trip to see a few of them. The stations are enormous and a few are quite impressive (and others not so much).

Before we knew it, it was very late in the afternoon and we started to make our way back to the hostel. We cooked dinner and met 2 Swedish guys at the hostel and had a nice chat. At about 23:30 Jan went out to take some night photos of the Red Square and only came back at about 01:00.

Again we went to bed with expectations of a good night’s sleep, but no luck.. This time the entertainment started at midnight in the living room and got worse and worse from there. Unfortunately the hostel does not enforce any curfew for noise which is very strange indeed. This carried on until about 05:30am, despite numerous attempts to shut them up.. We shared the dorm (10 beds) with a couple that is getting married in 2 days, 3 British students and a Russian mother and daughter. Between them they provided endless entertainment in the form of snoring, constantly going in and out of the room and slamming the door, and 2 couples doing the funky chicken right there in the room!  Needless to say we got no sleep at all and packed our stuff there and then.

The Napoleon Hostel has actually won the Top Rated award in Moscow in 2007. It must have been voted for by party goers only, because the place is a mess with clothes, dirty towels and dishes everywhere! A word of advise: stay away from the Napoleon Hostel in Moscow!

We moved to another hostel down the road (Comrade Hostel) and it feels like paradise. We are taking it easy today and will try to find a supermarket later to stock up on provisions for the long train journey ahead.

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Asta, Christoph & David, who we met at the Comrade Hostel

2 Responses to “Moscow Act 2”  
Morne, Leanne and Ethan Says:

Hey guys, so Moscow, wow you have travelled so far already and still thousands of miles to go. I bet Red Square was amazing, we have alwasy wanted to go there, maybe oneday. Pity about the Hostel experience. Just to update you guys, Morne has been accpeted to study in Canada now so we are planning a move there for January. Very exciting but scary too. Prob be for 2-3 yrs depending on how he does and we will be based in Vancouver. ANyway God willing and if all finances and visa’s get sorted, we will leave sometime in Dec. Anyway enough of that, have a great train ride to China. I know it is going to be a long one but I am sure you will see some amazing sights along the route. Take care and I will keep checkng on your progress. All our love…

jan Says:

Morne, Leanne & Ethan,
Great news guys! We are so happy for you! We know this is the one you’ve been waiting for. Best of luck with the orginasation over the next few months, we’ll be thinking of you guys in our prayers.
J&M